Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Acknowledges Congress Support Against GNCTD Amendment Bill, 2023, as Key Vote Divides Parliament
New Delhi, 09 August (City Times): Arvind Kejriwal, the dynamic Chief Minister of Delhi, penned a heartfelt letter on Wednesday to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party stalwart Rahul Gandhi, expressing profound thanks for their resolute stance against the GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2023. The bill, which could have far-reaching consequences, faced stiff opposition from the Congress.
With a firm tone, Kejriwal conveyed his gratitude on behalf of the 2 crore residents of Delhi, acknowledging the pivotal role the Congress played in rejecting and voting against the contentious bill. I am penning this letter to convey our profound appreciation today, expressing sincere gratitude for the steadfast backing your party has provided throughout the pivotal phases of rejecting and voting on the GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Kejriwal conveyed in the letter directed to Kharge and Gandhi.
In his appreciative note, Kejriwal commended the duo for their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the rights of Delhi’s populace, both within the hallowed halls of the Parliament and beyond. He hailed their resolute dedication to upholding the principles enshrined in the Constitution, a stand that he believes will resonate through the annals of time. “Your steadfast loyalty to our constitutional ethos is a testament that will echo for generations to come,” Kejriwal emphasized.
Looking forward to the road ahead, Kejriwal underlined, “As we brace ourselves against the challenges posed by elements attempting to undermine our foundational principles, we eagerly anticipate your continued support in this enduring fight.”
The GNCTD (Amendment) Bill, 2023, emerged as a focal point of contention, garnering nationwide attention due to its potential impact. On August 7, the bill replaced a previously promulgated ordinance by the Centre and led to a critical division within the Parliament.
In a closely watched vote in the Upper House, the legislation secured a 131-102 division, underscoring the intensity of the debate. The Bill empowers the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi with control over Group A services, including matters pertaining to appointments, transfers, and postings, evoking concerns about the balance of power.
Amid the parliamentary showdown, Home Minister Amit Shah staunchly defended the Bill, asserting that its aim is to pave the way for effective and corruption-free governance in the national capital. In the course of the debate, an eloquent and unexpected voice chimed in—former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, who made his maiden contribution to parliamentary discourse. Gogoi unequivocally affirmed the legislation’s legitimacy, suggesting that individual members be guided by their conscience in their decision-making.
The political stage witnessed a momentous clash of convictions, underscoring the profound impact that such bills hold on the nation’s governance and future. The resounding rejection of the bill was a testament to the power of unified resistance, shaping the path ahead for Delhi and its people.